Thursday, February 23, 2017

It's irritating when. . .

A good blogland friend of mine has been struggling with some health issues so I decided to make her a get well card.  I recently bought this Newton's Nook Designs set from another blogger who was getting rid of it and ever since I got it, I've had this type of card in the back of my head.  It feels good to get it out and my head appreciates the room I've made :) 

What I Used to Make my Card:
Kraft Card Base
Tim Holtz Ideaology Motif Paper - wood grain (discontinued but available)
DCWV Chalk Stack
Ellison LetterEase Helvetica Medium White Letter Stickers (discontinued)
Distress Paint in Gathered Twigs
Computer Generated Text
Newton's Nook Naughty Newton Stamp Set
Newton's Nook Naughty Newton Die Set
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
DCWV Le Tres Chic Stack 12 x 12 (Amazon link but available elsewhere)
Clean Color Markers in Mid Brown, Beige and Oatmeal
White Gel Pen

The best thing about this card, aside from the fact that it is a get well card is that I got to use something old (very. very old) and something brand new to me in making it.  The white letter stickers have got to be at least 11 years old and as I said prior, the Naughty Newton set is new to me.  I love when I can use up some old stash to make room for some new stuff.  I started this card by
Another look 
stamping the kitties on cardstock in Jet Black ink.  I set them aside and started to brainstorm how I was going to make the chalkboard; I knew there was no way I was going to write on it as I definitely would have messed up somehow, so I computer generated the front and the saying on the inside.  I don't typically write on the inside of my cards but this one kinda needed a bit more explanation.  I used the DCWV Chalk stack for the actual board and wrote the lead part of the sentiment with the Ellison stickers.  I attached the second half at the bottom ensuring I had plenty of room for the scratches.  I wanted the chalk board to look like a chalk board so I dug out the wood grain pattern from the Motif paper and colored it with the Gathered Twigs paint.  I stuck it under my trusty tile to dry and stay flat.  

While that was drying I went back to the kitties.  The kitties that I chose to use already have scratches attached to their claws but I wanted to make sure the
The inside of the card
marks were visible against the black board so after I die cut them, I carefully trimmed the scratches off.  I colored the kitties using Clear Color Markers, but, since I cut them out of regular cardstock and not watercolor paper I just colored them lightly. 

Once the Distress Paint was dry, I used my CAMEO to cut a square in a piece of the wood grain paper so it would frame the chalkboard. I attached the chalk paper behind the frame and set it aside to cut the background paper out of the Le Tres Chic paper stack.  I wanted something that would give the card some interest but not overwhelm the elements.  I think the Kraft colored flowers on the light blue is a perfect fit.  I trimmed two pieces of the background paper and adhered one to the front of the card and one to the inside of the card.  I put the chalkboard and kitties on the front of the card and used a white gel pen to ink in the scratches.  

I hope you enjoyed my little "feel better" card and I hope my friend enjoys it when she gets it :) Fondly, Christi 

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Rubber Dance - Layers
Die Cuttin' Divas - #305, Animals
Cuttlebug Mania - It's a Zoo Out There
OLLCB - #222, Die Cuts


  1. Oh, Christi, this is just too funny! Wonderful kitty image and I love the blackboard. Perfect nail marks. :-D

    1. I love making cards & such that reflects my humor :) I'm always glad when someone else understands it LOL ~ xoxo

  2. Beautiful AND funny card! Love the cats' white scratches on the blackboard, and yes - it is indeed an irritating sound ;) I am sure your friend will appreciate this card very much! Thank you for joining our Layer challenge at Rubber Dance ♥

    1. Thank you Bibi! That sound makes my teeth hurt :)

  3. Fabulous card love the design.
    Thank you for joining us at OLLCB
    Hugs Julie xxx

  4. Really cute card Christi. Always love this kitty image. Thanks for joining the Rubber Dance layers challenge. Hugz

  5. Hey Christi, the march CCC sign up is open. Would love to see you there if you have time this month. Hugz

    1. Thank you SO SO SO much for letting me know! I've gone and signed up - I've been missing it horribly! And thank you for taking it over :) xoxoxo

  6. Fab fun card, this should cheer your friend up. Thank you for joining in at the OLLCB.

  7. Super cute card Christi :-) I love this image and this fun card is sure to cheer up your friend, made me smile :-)

    Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Lols x x x

    1. Your so kind Lorraine - thank you for ALL the hard work & beautiful crafting you do :)

  8. What a super cute and fun card!! Thanks for joining us at DCD this week!
    Have a great day.

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    1. Thank you my sweet friend - *I* knew you'd like this card :) xo

  10. How cute! Made me smile! Thanks for joining us at Ooh La La!

  11. This is a fabulous card to give someone struggling with health. Both because you tell here you care, and also because there is some humor in it and I think everyone needs a little joy and humor occasionally even if one is sick.
    Thank you for joining Rubber Dance Layers Challenge!
    Hugs, Anita ♥

  12. I was hoping you would post this fantastic card you made for me, Christi! It is the BEST and really made me giggle!! Just what the doctor ordered! Thanks again for all the awesome papers, too! Hugs, Darnell

  13. Aaaaargh I can hear this noise in my head lol. I love this card, it's so funny, just what's needed for a get well card. Thank you so much for joining in with our 'layers' challenge at Rubber Dance, and have a fun week Sue xx

  14. Love this card, how sweet of you to make it for your friend.
    Hope she feels better soon.

    Thank you for joining us at Cuttlebug Mania's challenge "It's a zoo out there"

    Cuttlebugs & Hugs

  15. Thank you for joining Cuttlebug Mania this time!
    Swissie DT


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